Many city of Corry residents have questions after Gov. Tom Wolf and Erie County Kathy Dahlkemper announced a stay-at-home order for Erie County on Tuesday to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Guidelines for activities and essential travel can be found on the city of Corry's website, www.corrypa.org; the county's website, www.eriecountypa.gov; and the governor's website, www.governor.pa.gov. The guidance was also published in Wednesday's edition of The Corry Journal.
But Corry residents are still wondering if and how the stay-at-home order will be enforced.
"We are not going to stop someone walking down the street," Corry City Police Chief Rich Shopene said. "If we get called because of a large party, we will disperse the gathering."
As of now, Shopene hasn't received instruction or direction from the county executive when it comes to enforcement of the order, but he said the city of Corry Police Department is more worried about large congregations of people rather than individuals walking outside.
"If people are out walking, they can say they are exercising, which is permitted, or walking to the store, which is permitted," Shopene said. "I am more concerned with parties, bonfires, social dinners at one person's house or any gathering of large groups outside of the family unit."
In a news release sent out Wednesday afternoon, the city of Corry asks residents to not have parties at their homes, not have invited guests over to eat and not send their children to a friend's house for sleepovers or play dates.
Dahlkemper has stated she wants people to go outside to exercise or to volunteer, such as donate blood, as long as county residents maintain their social distance.
Shopene encourages Corryites to check in on elderly family members or friends via telephone to see if they need anything. He also urges residents to limit the number of people who go to the grocery store, stating "the whole family does not need to go."
While in public, Corryites are reminded to practice social distancing and to disinfect their hands.
"By doing the above we can help stop the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus in the Corry community and keep people safe," Shopene said.
City of Corry officials ask citizens to work with them to keep social distancing, limit interaction with non-household members and to maintain good hygiene by washing hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
"The most important thing for people to do is to stay at home as much as possible, do not have friends or other family members over to visit, keep to yourself and your family living under your roof," Shopene said.
The city of Corry reminds people this pandemic and the steps that are being taken are as new to the city government as they are to the citizens. Orders and recommendations from the federal, state and county government change every day.
The city will attempt to supply residents with the most up-to-date information by posting it on its website, Facebook page and passing it along to local media.
Anyone with questions can call the front desk of the Corry Police Department, which will be manned 24/7, by dialing 814-664-2222. If no one answers, leave a message and someone will call back as soon as possible.